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Roger S. BECK Obituary

BECK, Roger S.

Dr. Roger Seaton Beck, 91, of Cromwell CT, died Thursday Jan 31, 2013. He was a devoted son of Mary Agnes McCartney and Richard Beck; a loving husband of Ruth Hottinger Beck, married 68 years; the cherished father of Christopher Beck and Holly Clark, who with her husband Joe, lives in Rocky Hill, CT; and was a loving grandfather of Bryan and Andrew Clark. His son Christopher predeceased him in 2012. He is also survived by his brother Richard Beck of Fort Pierce, FL and his sister Edith Stockton of Blacksburg, VA. Roger & Ruth lived in Wethersfield for 53 years before moving to Covenant Village in Cromwell three years ago. Roger was born in Savannah, Georgia, on Oct. 10, 1921, and grew up in New York and New Jersey. He graduated from The College of Wooster in Ohio and then served in the US Marine Corps at Quantico VA and in the Pacific theater from 1943-1946, completing his service in China. He earned his M.D. at Temple University School of Medicine, in Philadelphia in 1950. He was a member of the honor society, Alpha Omega Alpha Society. He came to Hartford Hospital in 1950 as an intern and completed his residency in general surgery including a year at Memorial Hospital for Cancer and Allied Diseases in New York City. He was appointed Clinical Assistant in Surgery at Hartford Hospital in 1955. Roger was appointed Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery at the University of Connecticut Health Center School of Medicine in 1975 and served as Associate Clinical Professor from 1980 to 1985. Academic honors included the John C Leonard Memorial Award from Hartford Hospital and the Distinguished Service Award from the Hartford County Medical Association. At Hartford Hospital his entire career, he advanced to Senior Attending Surgeon, to Chairman of the Medical Staff Council and finally to President of the Medical Staff. After retiring from surgery, Roger served as a Vice President of the Hospital and was the first Chairman of the Planned Giving Committee. Roger was a member of the Connecticut Society of American Board Surgeons, the New England Surgical Society, and the American College of Surgeons, and was active in the Hartford County Medical Association, including serving as President in 1980 and on the Board of Directors for four years. Roger was also active in the Connecticut State Medical Society, including serving as President in 1989. Throughout his life Roger served his church. He served as an Elder, a Deacon, on pastoral search committees, and in many other roles; first in the Presbyterian tradition and later in the Congregational tradition, when he became a member of the First Church of Christ in Wethersfield, CT. Roger, an Eagle Scout himself, served as Scoutmaster for Troop 85 in Wethersfield for five years, where he saw his son Christopher and 18 other young men also achieve Eagle Scout. Roger received the Silver Beaver award from the Long Rivers Council B.S.A. in 1971. His dedication to building character continued, as he actively supported the troop his two grandsons joined. Both Bryan and Andrew also achieved the rank of Eagle. Roger and Ruth would like to thank all the Pilgrim Manor staff and caregivers at Covenant Village of Cromwell.
Memorial donations may be made to the Hartford Hospital Fund Development, 80 Seymour St., Hartford, CT 06102 or to a . A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9 at First Church of Christ, 250 Main St., Wethersfield, with the Reverend T. Michael McDowell officiating. A reception will follow in the Wells Fellowship Area. Burial will be private and held at the convenience of the family. The James T. Pratt Funeral Service has been entrusted with the arrangements. For online expressions of sympathy please visit www.desopo.com.

Published in The Hartford Courant on Feb. 3, 2013
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